On Monday this week we celebrated Australian National Flag Day. A day to celebrate with pride the anniversary of the Australian National Flag and all that it represents.
Australian National Flag Day celebrates the first time the flag was flown on 3 September 1901 from the main dome of the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, then the home of our Commonwealth Parliament.
The Australian Flag has become a way of exhibiting pride in our nation, respect for our heritage and acknowledgement of our history.
Our National Flag celebrates the greatness of our achievement as Australians and the remarkable nation we have become.
On Monday I reflected on this national symbol and the values it represents. Respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual, freedom of religion, commitment to the rule of law, Parliamentary democracy, equality of opportunity regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnic background.
These are the values our Flag represents. These are the values I serve to uphold.
I urge all Australians to be proud of these values, and proud of our Flag.